Meyer, Philipp. AMERICAN RUST. London, England: Simon & Schuster, 2009. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 370 pages. Fine.

The author's breakthrough debut novel. One of the finest American novels of our time. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Philipp Meyer's "American Rust". "Set in a beautiful but dying Pennsylvania steel town, 'American Rust' is a novel of the lost American Dream and the desperation that arises from its loss. It is the story of two young men bound to the town by family, responsibility, inertia, and the beauty around them, who dream of a future beyond the factories, abandoned homes, and the polluted river. An extraordinarily moving novel about the bleak realities that battle our desire for transcendence and the power of love and friendship to redeem us" (Publisher's blurb). "Written with considerable dramatic intensity and pace" (Colm Toibin). "Darkly disturbing and richly compelling" (Patricia Cornwell). An absolute "must-have" title for Philipp Meyer collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed ("lined") in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: " 'Isaac's mother was dead five years but he hadn't stopped thinking about her'. Philipp Meyer". It is the very first sentence of the book. This title is a great novel. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First British Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, the single most beautiful signed copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies of the First Hardcover Edition (American) available online command hundreds of dollars as the first print run was very small and even if they have major flaws, are remainder-marked, or are subsequent printings. Since the first print run of this British Edition, which is a softcover original only, was just as small, it is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. "American Rust" is widely regarded as a contemporary American classic. One of the most brilliant living American writers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PHILIPP MEYER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0385527519. $200.00

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